Artificial intelligence and robotics start-up Iamus Technologies has been named as a finalist for the 2021 Future Food Asia Award, which carries a $100,000 prize.

The company is headquartered at NovaUCD.

It is among ten start-ups from around the world, and the only one from Ireland, selected to pitch their innovative AgTech solutions to investors, industry leaders and sector experts during this week's 2021 Future Food Asia (virtual) conference.

The virtual conference is being hosted from Singapore.

Iamus has developed an AI and autonomous robot solution called "Gallus" that works within chicken houses to constantly monitor key welfare and environmental variables in the chicken shed.

By monitoring these variables, its technology allows farmers to make data-driven decisions to improve efficiency and sustainability outcomes while also improving biosecurity and animal welfare of chicken flocks.

These improvements result in higher margins through the reduction the feed costs and improvement in meat yields.

Last year the company, which so far has raised over €1.1m in seed funding from multiple investors including Enterprise Ireland, won the Alfie Cox Best Start-Up Award 2020 at the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards run in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA).

Shane Kiernan, CEO of Iamus Technologies, said the 2021 Future Food Asia Award finals represents a massive opportunity for Iamus to raise its profile in the key Asia market.

He said that Iamus has already established a significant pipeline of customers in the region, including a trial starting in Thailand later this year.

"The opportunity to pitch at the Future Food Asia Award finals to an audience that can further expand access to potential customers and investors is a massive opportunity for us to continue to deliver on our mission," the CEO added.

The other nine finalists for the 2021 Future Food Asia Award in addition to Iamus are Allozymes (Singapore); Bondi Bio (Australia); Bygen (Australia); Change Foods (Australia); Fasal (India); IXON (Hong Kong SAR, China); REharvest (South Korea); Senior Deli (Hong Kong SAR, China); and Sustainable Foods (New Zealand).